Father, Son Reunite In Iraq By Rare Chance
(May 26, 2011)
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq (5/22/2011) – Staff Sgt.
George Chisholm II, a platoon sergeant for the 89th Transportation
Company, 275th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 77th Sustainment
Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command has not seen his son,
Spc. Ryan Lamar Chisholm, a military intelligence analyst attached to
Task Force Odin, 4th Infantry Division and a native of Killeen, Texas,
since his son's high school graduation.
Staff Sgt. George R. Chisholm II, a platoon
sergeant for the 89th Transportation Company, 275th Combat
Sustainment Support Battalion, 77th Sustainment Brigade, 310th
Expeditionary Sustainment Command and Spc. Ryan Lamar Chisholm, a
military intelligence analyst attach to Task Force Odin, 4th
Infantry Division and a native of Killeen, Texas, enjoy spending
time together during their deployment on May 6, 2011.
Many soldiers, past and present, have followed in their father's
footsteps and joined the Army, keeping a tradition of service intact
through the decades. A small amount, however, can say they have
served alongside their father in a deployed environment. These two
service members are an example of the few lucky fathers and sons to
be stationed at the same location, especially in Iraq.
Chisholm family's military ties are abundant, and it is clear that
the entire family is proud of their service. Ryan's mother-in-law is
serving in the Army as well and is currently stationed at Fort Hood,
Texas. George's stepson enlisted in the Navy and his step-daughter
is currently serving in the Air Force.
When the decision
needed to be made to choose a career, the decision was easy.
Following his parents' footsteps, Ryan joined the United States Army
and went to basic training immediately after his high school graduation.
“Oh, here he comes,” Ryan said jokingly, when he found out that
his father will be joining him at COB Speicher.
was ordered to deploy in support of Operation New Dawn six months before
his unit was slated to deactivate.
Not many soldiers can say
they have deployed with their father and stationed at the same post,”
However, there are negative aspects of serving in the
military together, such as the realization that your family member may
be in harm's way. Ryan knows that his father must perform convoy
missions and other tasks required of soldiers.
“It makes me a
little nervous, but he has been doing it for a long time, so I know he's
going to take care of himself,” said Ryan of the tasks his father is
required to perform while at work.
“Also, my unit provides
over-watch and route surveillances for the convoys, so I'm watching his
back when he is on a mission,” Ryan said.
Due to demanding
schedules, the father and son duo can only meet once a week, but the
limited time spent together is definitely enjoyed and cherished.
“We sit down to enjoy a nice meal and talk about family and work,”
The ability to enjoy the deployment-time together
is already one of the fondest memories of his Army career, George said.
Article and photo by Army 1st Lt. Matthew B. Castiglione
321st Air Expeditionary Wing
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